Among exotic fruits, there are those that deserve the closest attention. One such product is feijoa.
Feijoa grows in the subtropics. For residents of the Northern Hemisphere, these green "berries" appear on store shelves in late autumn. The pulp of the fruit tastes like strawberries, kiwi and pineapple at the same time. Dense green skin is not so appetizing, but very fragrant and healthy.
Today we will talk about the health benefits of feijoa.
1. Promotes Immunity Boost
Feijoa peel contains a large amount of essential oils and vitamin C. This complex successfully activates the body's defenses. Eating fruits helps to cope with the symptoms of SARS, and also reduces the likelihood of infection.
Doctors recommend feijoa to patients with oncological diagnoses who have undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy to restore immunity and increase the overall tone of the body.
2. Contains a lot of iodine
Feijoa is the only fruit that contains more iodine than seafood. Moreover, the iodine compounds in its composition are water-soluble and are perfectly absorbed by the body.
Regular use of feijoa is necessary for diseases caused by iodine deficiency in food. The product normalizes the work of the endocrine system and metabolism, promotes the activation of mental activity.
3. Source of Antioxidants
The main source of antioxidants is feijoa skin. It is rich in catechin and leucoanthocyanin, which have powerful antifungal and antibacterial properties. There is evidence of the ability of these substances to reduce the risk of developing cancer.
4. Helps with digestive disorders
Due to the unique combination of essential oils, tannins, antiseptics and other beneficial compounds, feijoa has a positive effect on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. Fruits relieve the unpleasant symptoms of gastritis, help with chronic constipation. Eating feijoa is advised for pathologies of the stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas.
5. Improves the condition of the cardiovascular system
Feijoa contains no less catechins than green tea (we talked about the benefits of green tea in this article). These substances maintain the tone of the vascular wall and serve as a prophylactic agent at a high risk of developing cardiovascular pathologies.
6. Treats kidney disease
Feijoa fruits have a disinfectant and mild diuretic effect. They are recommended for use in inflammatory diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract (pyelonephritis, cystitis, etc).
7. Has an antiseptic effect
Feijoa peel is a natural antiseptic. Its decoction, which suppresses the activity of pathogenic microflora, is used as a rinse for stomatitis and periodontal disease, for external treatment of wounds, as well as a disinfectant and astringent for diarrhea.
Feijoa has a number of contraindications. So, it is forbidden to give it to children under the age of one year: their digestive system does not yet produce the enzymes necessary for digestion. Pregnant women should eat feijoa with care so as not to get too much iodine. In case of diabetes, the inclusion of fruits in the diet must be agreed with the doctor, since feijoa pulp contains quite a lot of sugars.
Do not use unripe fruits for food: this is fraught with poisoning. When using feijoa for the first time, you should be prepared for an allergic reaction, so you should start with one or two fruits.
Feijoa is eaten fresh, jam and jam are made from it. The peel is dried and added to tea leaves. This is a seasonal fruit, but you can extend the period of its use by preparing a vitamin mixture from a kilogram of ripe feijoa (do not remove the peel), grated with 600-800 grams of sugar. The workpiece is stored in the refrigerator for a long time. Taking daily one or two tablespoons of the mixture, you can strengthen the immune system, provide the body with iodine, improve the condition of the digestive tract and blood vessels, increase efficiency and mood, protect yourself from colds for the whole long winter.